United Presbyterian Home
Betty Beenblossom traveled to Chicago over the weekend to attend the First Communion ceremony of her granddaughter, Elena Beenblossom. Accompanying Betty on the trip were Betty’s daughter-in-law Teresa Beenblossom, and grandchildren, Brynn and Luke Beenblossom and Kaitlyn Glosser. The ceremony was beautiful and they all enjoyed a delicious meal together following the service. A special cake was presented to Teresa in honor of her Friday birthday. They all sang "Happy Birthday" to her before she made a wish and blew out the candles.
Snickerdoodles were the cookie of the week to be served in the Town Center on Cookie Tuesday along with flavored water. Flavored waters are a popular spring refreshment and each day is a different flavor to try. Some days it is strawberry and kiwi, and other days you may find cucumber or grapefruit water.
Hospice Compassus served chocolate chip and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies on Wednesday in recognition of Nurses Week. Cory Giddings from Hospice Compassus brought in a portable oven and baked cookies on the premises for residents and staff to enjoy following wheelchair rides on a beautiful afternoon. The smell of freshly baked cookies filled the building and piqued appetites.
The senior prom will be held on Thursday evening, May 23, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Main Dining Room with the theme An Evening in Italy. Elizabeth Tschantz and Becca Enfield from the Activities Department along with numerous residents have been busy preparing decorations for this year’s event. They have constructed a very romantic set complete with gondolas along the Tiber River and many flowers. The Ken Paulsen Orchestra will provide the musical entertainment. Ci vediamo li. (See you there.)
The Classics Et Cetera for May 9 included the Overture to “Julius Caesar” by Handel; Beginning of Act I of “The Gondoliers” by Gilbert & Sullivan; an unknown piece by Moreau Gottschalk played on an 1865 upright Chickering piano at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C,; 2nd Movement of Clarinet Concerto No. 1 by Carl Maria von Weber; “A Night in June” by Karl L. King; “Zampa Galop” by Johann Strauss Sr.
Iowa’s “March King,” Karl L. King (1891-1971) was one of the first to write numbers especially for high school bands, and his music was played by nearly all of them. Leader of the famed Fort Dodge Municipal Band for 50 years, and with only an eighth-grade education, Karl was a favorite to be chosen to lead massed bands by university band directors, including the largest one ever formed: 177 high school bands (13,232 players) at halftime at the Michigan-Duke football game in Michigan Stadium in 1960.